Book Grocer: 23 February-1 March

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 78 months ago
Book Grocer: 23 February-1 March

The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Travel writer Colin Thubron talks about his time in Tibet at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £6).

Hear regional dialects from the sound archive at the British Library (6.30pm, £6 / £4).

Stuart Evers' new collection 'Ten Stories About Smoking' gets a live interpretation for YARNfest (7.30pm, £5).

Thursday: Paul Cree and Ray Antrobus join the regulars for Bang Said the Gun (8pm, £5).

Linda Grant talks about her latest novel at Keats House, with Daunt Books (7pm, £5).

Judith Flanders looks into the Victorian fascination with crime and detectives at The Travel Bookshop (7pm, £5).

Roger Robinson hosts Andrea Levy, David Levithan and Eska at the legendary Bookslam (6pm, £8 / £10).

Stephanie Gerra, Wendy Shutler and guests are the Bloomsbury Voices at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £6 / £4).

Exiled Lit Cafe East introduces The Night of Exiled Writers: Aydin Mehmet-Ali, Carlos Reyes-Manzo and Jude Rosen (8.30pm, £3 / £2).

The Farrago Heartbreak(er) SLAM! is open to any poet, but there's a special prize for the most heartbroken. Have your hankies at the ready (7.30pm, £6 / £5).

London South Bank University presents a mix of film and readings from Essex Hemphill, Audre Lorde, Marlon Riggs, Thomas Glave and Dorothea Smartt (5.30pm, free).

Friday: Ben Crystal looks at Shakespeare's language for a peep into the Elizabethan mind at the British Library (1pm, £3).

Hylda Sims hosts poetry from Stephen Watts and Chris Gutkind on this Fourth Friday at the Poetry Cafe (8pm).

Saturday: The opening event of Jewish Book Week, Simon Sebag Montefiore, has sold out, but you can happily console yourself at the Bookniks Salon with Samantha Ellis, Eve Grubin, Vivi Lachs, Maya Levy, Joanne Limburg and Adam Taylor (9.15pm, £8).

Amy De'ath is a featured Shuffle reader at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Sunday: Anna Robinson and Linda Black are the Torriano Poets (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

There's a slew of events on at Jewish Book Week, so deep breath:

Monday: At Jewish Book Week, Miriam Frank, Rosemary Friedman and Rachel Lasserson look at the nature of autobiography (1pm, £8 / £5), Tania Hershman runs a flash fiction workshop (2.30pm, £20), Christopher Bigsby looks at Arthur Miller's life after Marilyn's death (6pm, £8) and Ruth Fainlight reads from her poems (7.30pm, free).

The five authors speaking for 15 minutes (at 5x15, natch) are James Brabazon, Andrew Simms, Eve Ensler, Justine Picardie and Joe Boyd (6.45pm, £20 / £15).

Simon Gikandi explores how the English language came to Africa, at the British Library (6.30pm, £6 / £4).

Coffee House Poetry celebrates ten years of Oxford poets with David Constantine, Kelly Grovier, Martha Kapos, Saradha Soobrayen, Christopher Southgate, Anna Robinson, Kathryn Maris, Sasha Dugdale and Philip Hancock (8pm, £7 / £6).

Head to the Sheephaven Bay and write something for tomorrow's Utter! Agony gig (6.30pm, £4 / £2 / free for newbies).

Tuesday: Utter! Agony solves all your problems, with Richard Tyrone-Jones, Sophia Blackwell, Tim Wells, Kate Byard, Harry Baker, James McKay, Kirsten Irving, Raymond Antrobus, Danni Antagonist, Nathan Thompson and two others from Monday's writing contest (7.30pm, £7 / £5).

Writers' Club Live welcomes Penguin publicity manager Joe Pickering to discuss what makes a bestseller (7pm, £15 / £10).

Back at Jewish Book Week, Tony Grenville and Bob Moore talk about refugees from the Nazi regime (1pm, £8 / £5), Nina Rapi leads a playwriting workshop (2.30pm, £20), Linda Dangoor and Bea Lewkowicz salivate over the flavours of Babylon (5pm, free), Allegra Goodman, Yotam Ottolenghi and Charlotte Mendelson consider food and romance (7pm, £10) and Nicole Krauss chats to Naomi Alderman about her work (8.30pm, £10).

Deborah Cameron tackles those myths about men and women's different use of language, at the British Library (1pm, £3).

Last Updated 22 February 2011